History of the Chamber
The Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce was founded in Sydney, New South Wales in 1985 as a small body to support trade relationships between Australia and Lebanon. The first president of the ALCC was Joe Ghazal, followed by Nick Aboud, Samir El Khalil, Richard Bobb, Michael Rizk, Ron Gedeon, Michael Symond and presently Joe Khattar AM.
Today, The ALCC has grown into a well-known organisation focusing on networking and promoting tangible business opportunities in Australia and abroad.
The ALCC organized the first ever Australia Product Exhibition in Beirut during a ministerial visit by the Premier of NSW Bob Carr in 1997. Over the last few years, several high profile trade missions to Lebanon were organized by the Chamber, in conjunction with State and Federal government.
The Chamber has welcomed many international guests from around including Dr. Marwan Iskandar, His Excellency President General Michel Sleiman – President of the Republic of Lebanon and world’s richest man, Mr. Carlos Slim.
The ALCC is a regular host of business seminars and networking events. Past guest speakers include: Treasurer Joe Hockey MP, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Minister Scott Morrison, CEO Gail Kelly, CEO Ahmed Fahour, Anthony Albanese MP, Former Treasurer Wayne Swan MP, Former Premier Nick Greiner AC, Westpac’s Bill Evans, John Brogden MP and many more.
Each year The ALCC hosts a Business Awards Dinner to recognise the achievements of those who have excelled in their industry and thank those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian Business community. See our Past Award Winners.
As for the future of the chamber… it’s in your hands. Visit our Membership page to find out how you can get involved.